OSRHE Program Code: 147
CIP Code: 511005
Major Code: 7621
- 7620 - Degree Completion 2 + 2
- 7625 - Internship 3 + 1
Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) are health care professionals highly trained in the art and technology of clinical laboratory medicine. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies and research. MLS are the detectives of the medical world and perform diagnostic tests to assist the physician in treatment of patients.
There are two pathways to a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. Both pathways lead to the same degree and the same eligibility to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist Board of Certification through the American Society of Clinical Pathology. The acceptance to each option is different due to the educational background of the students.
- MLS Internship Pathway 3+1 students have no medical laboratory background, and they complete a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences hospital internship program for their last 30 hours.
- MLS Completion Pathway 2+2 students must have an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and be certified; these students attend NSU’s National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences online program.
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880; http://www.naacls.org.
MLS Internship 3+1 Pathway: Upon completion of the internship, the student takes a Board of Certification examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Upon passage the student is certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, M.L.S. (ASCP) and becomes a fully accredited member of the medical team. Additional fees apply for testing and licensure.
MLS Degree Completion 2+2 Pathway: For admission, must be certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician or Clinical Laboratory Technician by an approved national certification agency (ASCP or AMT).
Student Learning Outcomes
- Understand and work in hematology.
- Understand and work in immunohematology.
- Understand and work in clinical chemistry.
- Understand and work in immunology/serology.
- Understand and work in clinical microbiology.
Degree Completion 2+2
- Complete all didactic medical laboratory courses (online).
- Complete clinical laboratory competenices at job site or site assigned to them.
- Complete medical laboratory didactic and clinical competencies in a OCCLSA consortium hospital.